Talau Joining St Helens

St Helens have ended weeks of speculation by announcing the signing of Canterbury centre Willie Talau.

The 28-year-old New Zealand Test star has agreed a three-year deal from the start of next season and will arrive in the country in November.

Talau's could be the first link in a chain of moves.

His Canterbury team-mate Nigel Vagana is also off-contract at the end of this season, with Wigan among those chasing his signature.

Meanwhile, Castleford, who were also linked with Talau will now switch their attentions to the Sydney Roosters forward Jason Cayless for the start of next season.

But the expected move for Paul Newlove, effectively replaced by Talau at St Helens, is far from a certainty according to Cas coach Graham Steadman.

"At this stage we're just concentrating on this season," said Steadman.

"Obviously we're always looking to target quality individuals, but a lot depends on the form of players currently at the club."